Web Hosting For Dummies: A Simple Guide to the Different Types of Web Hosting Services
As we all know, there are many different types of web hosting. So many that it can, at times, become very confusing. In this post, I’ll try to clarify things to make it a little easier for you to differentiate the different types of hosting and choose the best option for you.
Tier 1 Web Hosting
The first level of web hosting acts more like a “hotel” for your site. You are given a place to stay, a “room”, but little control over anything else in the “hotel.” Free web hosting and shared web hosting both fall into this category. These services can be limited, often supported by advertisements and retain multiple sites.
Tier 2 Web Hosting
With the second level of web hosting, you become a part of the “hotel staff.” You have more input over what can be done to your site and can make updates and changes on your own, however you still do not have control over the server itself. Virtual dedicated hosting, dedicated hosting service and managed hosting service are included in this category. You will not be able to modify the server however you will be able to manage and maintain your site by yourself.
Tier 3 Web Hosting
When you are ready to be a part of “hotel management,” you will need to look towards collocation web hosting or securing a home server. Both of these services allow you to manage and modify not only your site, but the entire server itself. You have full control over any and all changes to the server. The only possible downside to this is that if you did ever have an issue of any kind, you would be the only one responsible for fixing it. You would have little to no support from a web hosting company as you would with the other hosting methods. In this case, you would need to be certain that you can handle any issues that might arise.
As you can see, there are many options and points to consider when it comes to choosing which type of web hosting is right for you and your website. Most importantly, you need to first decide how much responsibility you are willing to and wanting to take on. After that, the decision will most likely become much easier now that you have an idea of each service.